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    Identity crisis? Ginebra wants to run and gun, but import Michael Dunigan says team must go to its big men more

    Jan 28, 2015

    BARANGAY Ginebra has the size and import Michael Dunigan believes the team should capitalize on it.

    “We got bigs so we gotta find ways to get (the ball to the) bigs, in my opinion,” said Dunigan in the aftermath of the Kings’  85-74 loss to the Meralco Bolts on Tuesday night at the start of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

    “We’re taller than most teams, so ball inside and then back out. Fastbreak is a nice thing of course, but we need to find the ways to utilize the bigs," the Ginebra import insisted.

    “But I’m not the coach. He has his style and he sees what we need to work on and prepare against Barako Bull,” added the import, who happens to be Meralco’s object of desire before being beaten to the draw by Ginebra.

    That should create problems for Ginebra, which after Ato Agustin assumed the coaching reins from Jeff Cariaso dumped the big man-oriented triangle offense for an up-tempo style that puts the focus on the team's array of guards.

    [See Ginebra is built to run, parang barangay, says Mark Caguioa]

    Problem was, Agustin's guards fired blanks in the loss to Meralco, going a combined 9-of-41 from the field with starting point guard LA Tenorio making just one of his 12 shots from the floor.

    Worse, Ginebra's run-and-gun offense created just three fastbreak points the entire game.

    The versatile Dunigan believes the Kings should take advantage of their imposing frontline considering he and Twin Towers Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar can have their way against other teams.

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    Dunigan finished with 17 points but took just 10 shots all game. Aguilar took just a single shot and went scoreless in a game for the first time since last year's Commissioner's Cup.

    Slaughter was the lone bright spot for the team, scoring 23 points (on 9-of-15 field goal shooting) to go along with 16 boards.

    [See Did Agustin let his guard down? Or did Ginebra guards let him down?]

    Dunigan said Ginebra should find its identity and decide what it intends to do in the future. 

    “We need to define our identity as a team if we want to shoot threes or we want to go inside," said the 25-year-old former University of Oregon standout, who just had two practices with Ginebra prior to the Meralco game.

    "When we got the game within three points, then we made some subs, but the second group’s effort wasn’t there. It’s more of team chemistry thing, but we’ll be okay.”

    The import said he is not worried at this point. But he also made it clear he must get more touches if Ginebra wants to be successful in the midseason conference. 

    “We’re just all right. I played all right, I’ll get more touches. But we just got to go back to practice,” he said.

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